Hawkins moved up to Triple-A for rehab

Hawkins moved up to Triple-A for rehab

ATLANTA -- LaTroy Hawkins will move his rehab up to Triple-A Nashville after two good outings in the Arizona Rookie League. The target for the veteran reliever's return to the Majors is the last week of July.

Hawkins pitched two innings on Saturday night, allowing a run on a pair of second-inning doubles. He struck out three and walked none as the Brewers beat the A's, 4-3, in Maryvale, where the temperature was 108 degrees at game time.

Hawkins threw 31 pitches and his fastball, which hit 94 mph, was consistently 91-92 mph according to the report Milwaukee manager Ken Macha received.

In his first outing in Arizona on Thursday, Hawkins allowed two hits and no runs over 1 2/3 innings. He had two strikeouts and no walks, throwing 30 pitches.

The Brewers hope to have Hawkins come off the DL during a series at Cincinnati on July 26-28. But before that, he must show that he can pitch in back-to-back games for Nashville.

Hawkins, 37, has spent two months on the disabled list with weakness in his pitching shoulder. He last pitched for Milwaukee on May 5 and in 13 appearances before going on the DL was 0-3 with a 9.26 ERA. On the positive side, he had 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.

Hawkins was signed as a free agent over the winter after posting 11 saves and a 2.13 ERA in 65 appearances for the Astros. He has pitched in 766 Major League games.